Tony Dovolani, Alfonso Ribiero, and Bruno Tonioli were interviewed at the Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center last night by Afterbuzz TV. They talk of their fondest memories and lots more. Be watching this link in case more interviews are released.
Below are a few photos of those who attended a celebration for ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at The Paley Center last night in Beverly Hills, California. The first photo is of Executive producer Rob Wade. Others who attended were Judge Bruno Tonioli, co-host Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tony Dovolani, and Kym Johnson. If you’d like to see more fun photos of the event, click on the pictures. You can also see some photos at the Daily Mail. For those who missed the show last night, you can watch it here. Kristyn Burtt was able to ask Rob Wade questions (including some questions about Derek and Nastia’s packages and if he thought it effected their elimination). See her twitter for a report and pictures too if interested. Rob also teased on the finale too. Note that Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson are coming back to dance. Derek Hough, Noah Galloway, and Amy Purdy will be dancing in a special number too. MORE HERE.
ETA: To read a review on the event, see Yahoo News.
Sharna Bugess has written such a touching new blog. She’s hoping her and Noah make the finals. No matter what happens, she feels they have already won. Read on…
I feel like I have already won DWTS just having Noah as my partner. He is my hero and a true champion. Noah deserves an award for overcoming his physical challenges and performing so beautifully each week. I have an amazing freestyle dance planned for Noah — I truly hope we make it to the final!
This season is my dream come true. Thank you to all our fans for being so supportive, we love and appreciate you!
More from Sharna at Closer Weekly.
Wow, last night’s show was one of the best shows I have ever seen in all my time watching Dancing With The Stars. The Judges Choice dances took the couples and the show to a whole new level. So, what do you think: Would you like to see them bring back the Judges Choice dances again in the future like I would? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know.
Moving on, let’s examine the scores from last night again….
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 78 (38/40)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 76 (36/40)
As for the interviews….first, go to E News. All four couples are interviewed on the night. It was an emotional one for them all in different ways and everyone is happy with last night’s dances. And here are some more interviews (we’ll add more interviews to each section as soon as more are released)….
Got Pap (I couldn’t resist posting Maks and Peta seen after the show):
Keep checking back for updates and thanks for everything for reading, commenting, and all of your love and support for this site!! xx
ETA: Below is more….
POPTVDotCom (you can see Gleb Savhcenko, Elena Samodanova, and Adelina Sotnikova too!):
ETA2: Fox News also talked with the couples. Be sure to see the link for more, but, below is a take…
Derek Hough was finally able to dance again for a complete number with Liukin after an injury marred his “DWTS” season and pro Sasha Farber had stepped in.
While Hough danced most of the routine, mentor Goodman did a few moves with Liukin at the end in a performance paying tribute to the veteran judge’s life.
On-the-mend Hough hopes to perform with Liukin if they make it to the finals, and the Olympian told reporters: “I think at the beginning of the season, I was more like, oh, the scores and the placement and now…Derek’s injury, and seeing the pain he’s been in…it’s taught me life is about the journey.”
ETA3: Here is a You Tube version of Noah and Sharna with Entertainment Tonight. Thanks to Andrea for the find…
First, a commendation: I actually thought all of the judges did a great job with their respective couples, and was pleasantly surprised at how creative they all got. Definitely would not mind if they brought back the judges’ choice dance, in its current format, to the show next season. Second, another commendation: tonight felt like the first night in a long time where there wasn’t really a big agenda behind the scoring. I don’t think anyone got absurdly praised, and I don’t think anyone got absurdly punished – granted, the high level of dancing we saw tonight was a pleasant anomaly, but this was the first time in awhile where I didn’t feel like the judges were being underhanded with scores or critiques. It all seemed to fit nicely.
Not a whole lot else to add – just can’t believe it’s now week 9 and I only have one more week of this stuff before we enter the off-season…and I make it my personal mission to find Sasha a partner for next season Read more..
I missed last week, sorry about that. It ended up being One of Those weeks. Anyway, we’re back this week! I almost waited another day for this, just in case Julianne had another Glamor Blog for Tuesday, but then I read Carrie Ann’s blog and decided that it really should be posted.
First up, Julianne’s glamor blog at People magazine. I LOVED the whole look this week, everything just went together, and was probably one of my most FAVORITE looks she’s ever had! Go check out People Magazine here to read all about her Monday look! I do like her as a judge, she’s settled in well, and she mostly does try to find some things that each couple can work on. It’s not easy trying to do what you feel you need to do, while toeing the line that was given to her by TPTB. I do think she tip toes well on it, and seems to have found a balance. As for Derek, especially her comment about him “looking ridiculous,” it didn’t bother me. She’s his little sister, and one of the people who really knows him the best. And being his sister, I think it’s her job to give him jabs in jest, just as I’m sure he teases her when he can. Julianne and Derek are completely normal siblings, it’s going to happen from time to time, and they both knew it meant no harm. Both of them get enough things hurled at them by so called “fans,” that her ribbing him about his costume is small in comparison, and doubtful it hurt their relationship.
Carrie Ann’s People Blog was very insightful! She mentions having a Live Tweet after the show, and answering questions after Monday’s show, and went to her twitter to see some of the questions and answers, but I found nothing. If anyone has seen anything from her live tweet, let me know. (Vogue here: You can read Carrie Ann’s Live Chat here.)
Meanwhile, she takes the time and reviews the six couples left, highlighting what she felt was their postive parts, and what she feels they need to work on. If you want to read in full, go to her blog to read the whole thing, I’ll highlight just Robert and Chris, since we lost them tonight.
Chris Soules and Witney Carson — He has improved the most of all the competitors, and even though he lacks consistency, he’s really found an emotional component to his performances that has taken his game way up. He’s extremely likable, and he’s got some momentum at this moment. He’s peaking at the right moment, and that’s a good thing for him. He’s found himself in this competition and defined his place and his worth out there. He’s come from behind so many times. He’s the comeback kid! Needs to work on: Remaining consistent in his performances, being sure he knows his choreography backward and forward.
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson — The most delightful couple this season. He never seems to get upset or flustered. He just keeps on keeping on. His uplifting demeanor makes us all smile and remember that life should be happy. When he dances it feels like the world is a very happy place. Every one of their routines has been filled with joy and a happiness that is really something quite special. His twinkly eyes and his twinkle toes make for some really enjoyable performances. Needs to work on: Staying present with the music. Sometimes he gets ahead of the music by not listening and staying relaxed.
She talks about her friend who founded Drea’s Dream, which sounds like a FABULOUS cause! And some info about week 9. Not much, but enough that we can figure out some details for one of their dances.
I’m also really excited to see who will remain because I will be going into the studio tonight to work with one couple on creative direction for one of the performances. This has never been done before in the history of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to work with these incredible couples. The big questions are: Who will make it to the next round, and who will be paired with me? Tune in tonight!
Which pair would you like to see with which judge? My choices would be…
Nastia and Derek with Len because until recently, Derek’s always seemed to respect Len, and while I think he would listen to the others, I think Len would be best suited to Derek and his Vision. Usually, Derek and Julianne work well together, but from things I’ve read/heard from them, he usually comes up with ideas and she works them out, and that’s not the idea of this challenge. So, I’ll stick with Len.
Riker and Allison with Julianne, because she’s been that pro still trying to learn the ropes, and figure out how the show works, and could be a good mentor to them, and find a concept/choreography that suits Riker and Allison best, bringing out their best side while minimizing some of their flaws.
Noah and Sharna with Bruno, because of the two remaining judges, he seems to be the one more grounded in reality, and when you listen through some of his schtick, he’s really a nice man, with some great ideas to help people improve.
Rumer and Val with Carrie Ann, because she’s the one that’s left. I sat here and tried to decide which of the 4 judges I thought would be best for them, and I simply just don’t have a good reason for choosing Carrie Ann, but I’m more positive about who I would prefer for the other couples.
So, what do you guys think?
Just a quickie: If you’d like to see a sneak peak of tonight’s costumes for Disney Night on Dancing With The Stars, see this People Style Watch Gallery.
Which is costume is your favorite? Right now, I think I would way Willow, Nastia, and Riker & Allison. Here’s to tonight!
Would you believe it takes 9 months to pull of Disney Night on Dancing With The Stars? Executive Producer Rob Wade talks all about it in a new article at the Huffington Post. This is Fascinating stuff. Be sure to read more at the link.
“That’s actually how long we’ve been having meetings about ‘Disney Night,’ which is the theme of this week’s show,” explained Rob Wade, the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. “But you have to understand that — when you’re building an episode of Dancing with the Stars around Disney — you’ve got this huge assortment of characters to chose from. Not to mention decades of popular music to dig through as you look for just the right songs to build dance routines around.”
Ah, but then there’s the other aspect of “Disney Night” on Dancing with the Stars. In order to make Monday night’s proceedings seem genuinely magical, Wade & Co. are going to take memorable pieces of Disney animation and then digitally insert them into this week’s dance routines.
“We did this for the first time with last year’s ‘Disney Night’ and really got a huge reaction from Dancing with the Stars viewers. So this time around, we’re going all out. You’re not only going to see brief bits of Disney animation in Monday night’s dance routines, you’re also going to see it in the show’s bumpers. We’ll have live Disney characters — Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Pluto — performing in the show’s opening number. We’ll even be flying people as part of this week’s dance routines, just like in Aladdin, ” Rob enthused. “Truth be told, you’re going to see Disney characters throughout this week’s show. At one point, you’ll even see an animated Pinocchio clapping at the judge’s table.”
As you might expect, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes effort that goes into pulling off a 2 hour-long, live television presentation like Dancing with the Stars. But when you add digitally inserted animated footage and live costume characters to that mix, what was once just tough to pull off now verges on impossible.
“That’s why — for the past two weeks — we’ve been getting ready for our ‘Disney Night’ show. This past Saturday, we had a whole extra day onstage where we did just prep,” Wade stated.
“All season long, the celebrities have really been looking forward to performing on ‘Disney Night.’ That’s one of the main reasons we scheduled this particular Dancing with the Stars show for the middle of the season. So that as many of our celebrity performers as possible would then get the chance to dance to a piece of classic Disney music,” Rob stated.
“Of course, we obviously want to make sure that whatever our celebrities do with the Disney characters looks fabulous and is suitably impressive. So just from a technical perspective, this particular episode of Dancing with the Stars will be a real challenge. There’s an extra level of precision involved with this particular show,” Wade said. “Which is why I’d like to remind the folks watching at home that — thanks to all of the talented people who work in front of and behind the camera — ‘Dancing with the Stars’ always looks polished and professional. But you still have to remember that this is a two hour-long live TV show.”
For those Dancing With The Stars collectors and anyone interesting in reading, be sure to pick up the April 27th edition of ABC Soaps In Depth Magazine. The special issue is celebrating Dancing With The Stars and it’s 10th Anniversary. Lois tells us it’s awesome. The cast talks of their fondest memories on the show and more. To see a sneak peek, see Lois’s twitter account. THANKS LOIS!!